Last week Newcastle were being mocked by the football world for an apparent bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, so here I take a look at three available signings Newcastle should definitely be bidding for instead.
There is no harm in being ambitious, but with ambition you have to be realistic. A £18million bid for a player who has every chance of being France’s main centre forward at the Euros will look at the Premier League and will look no further than the top eight if he were to move.
Sadly, Newcastle don’t fall into that category – money always talks in football, but this player is ambitious.
There are three players available this January who would secure Newcastle’s Premier League status if Steve McClaren decides to bring them them all to St. James’ Park this January.
All three should be interested in the move as it is European Championship year and all three aren’t playing regular top flight football. Newcastle could offer them this and gradually move up the table in the process.
So here’s a look at the three players Newcastle should be targeting most this month…
It seems strange Newcastle aren’t making more effort to sign Charlie Auston and, also, that he seems to be happy at QPR knowing he won’t be in Roy Hodgson’s plans if he stays there.
What Charlie Austin brings is simple – goals. Newcastle currently need a striker capable of scoring atleast 15 goals a season.
Rated at £15million in the summer, his value will have dropped significantly as his contract is up at the end of the season. So surely its a no brainer to sign him?
A man who burst on to the England scene a couple of years ago, many pundits initially said he could be as good as Gareth Bale.
Townsend has since been completely frozen out of the Tottenham team by manager Mauricio Pochettino. He needs a move to get his Euro 2016 bid back on track.
Newcastle would be a great place for that to happen. They need a wide player to allow Gini Wijnaldum to play his favoured and more effective central role.
Townsend is a player who drives at defenders and can unleash a powerful left footed strike. Florian Thauvin is still adjusting to the English game, but Townsend knows the league well and could be an instant success.
While Newcastle have a few options in the central of midfield, Colback, Anita and Tiote, Jonjo Shelvey is a player of higher calibre.
His work rate has been questioned in the past, but Shelvey is a very effective all round central midfielder. An England international who impressed when given the chance, Shelvey could contribute well to the Newcastle team.
A great passer of the ball, which Newcastle lack, he can also chip in with a few goals. Colback and Anita rarely score between each other, and Shelvey could easily replace one of them.
Seemingly unhappy at Swansea, Shelvey could get his Euro 2016 chances back on track at St James Park.
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